white spruce


: any of several spruces
especially : a widely distributed spruce (Picea glauca) of coniferous forests of Canada and the northern U.S. that has short stiff blue-green needles and slender cones see cone illustration
: the wood of a white spruce
especially : the light pale tough straight-grained wood of the common white spruce (Picea glauca) used especially for construction and as a source of paper pulp

Examples of white spruce in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web These white spruce are well beyond established their treelines—the beginnings of a proper forest. Matt Simon, WIRED, 4 Mar. 2024 And that growth, particularly for the white spruce in northern Alaska, comes from an unexpected source, according to new research. Matt Simon, WIRED, 4 Mar. 2024 In addition to roughly 2,500 Virginia pines, white pines, Scotch pines, and white spruce, the property also features a retail shop and a site prepared for a three-bedroom home. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, 23 Jan. 2024 Among the most popular are the white pine, white spruce and Fraser fir trees, which tend to have pleasant scents, flexible needles and dark green colors. Adela Suliman, Washington Post, 5 Jan. 2024 There are thick forests of white spruce and aspen here; soggy tundra of moss and lichen; and an uncounted number of lakes, rivers and streams that form a watery labyrinth as seen from the air. Timothy Puko and Lillian Cunningham, Anchorage Daily News, 19 July 2023 The Anchorage Audubon Society is giving away 10,000 white spruce seedlings over the next two weekends in an attempt to replace some of the trees lost to spruce beetle kill in recent years. Anchorage Daily News, 26 May 2023 This seemed puzzling when a porcupine’s major food was to be the inner bark of white spruce trees and the tree’s bitter needles, rich with toxins that discourage most every other animal from chewing them. Ned Rozell | Alaska Science, Anchorage Daily News, 26 Mar. 2023 Mayor Michelle Wu — flanked by Santa Claus, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, and a Canadian Mountie — hit the button to light up the 45-foot white spruce from Nova Scotia. Camilo Fonseca, BostonGlobe.com, 1 Dec. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1731, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of white spruce was in 1731

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“White spruce.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/white%20spruce. Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

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